Cricket West Indies appoints Richard Pybus as High Performance Director
Former Pakistan and Bangladesh head coach Richard Pybus has been announced as the new high-performance director by Cricket West Indies (CWI).
Cricket West Indies on Thursday (February 8) confirmed that the English-born cricket coach has been appointed on a two-year contract.
An aspiring right-arm fast bowler in his early days had to give up his playing career due to a long string of injuries and then took up coaching role in his mid 20’s.
The 53-year-old Pybus is the most successful coach in South Africa’s domestic circuit. He guided the Titans and the Cape Cobras to nine domestic championships over a span of six seasons.
Pybus was awarded the South African Coach of the Year in 2008-09 and 2010-11 respectively.
Pybus’ domestic coaching career took a huge boost when he was appointed as the head coach of Border Cricket coach in 1998. He led the team to their first-ever final in first-class cricket.
The international coaching career of Pybus began in the 1999 World Cup when he was appointed as the assistant coach of Pakistan where they lost to Australia in the grand finale.
Having plenty of experience on his back, Pybus was appointed by Pakistan four times in a span of four years with his last stint in 2003. He was then appointed as the head coach of Bangladesh in 2012. But five months into his contract he left the team after a contract dispute with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Pybus has returned to West Indies cricket after he left the role of director of cricket in 2016 after a three-year stint.
On his return to West Indies cricket Richard Pybus said:
“I am delighted to be re-joining Cricket West Indies in this newly created role. I am looking forward to working with Jimmy Adams and the rest of the cricket department to improve standards within a system that I know well. My focus will be on developing our high-performance programmes and helping to identify and coach the most talented cricketers in the Caribbean.”
Pybus has been assigned the role of grooming the young talents at the Under 19 level to help them prepare at the highest level.
“The two-time South African coach of the year was part of a system that developed the likes of current South African captain Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel and AB de Villiers. The High-Performance programme aims to support the continued development of CWI regional franchise cricket and put systems in place to close the gap between regional franchise cricket and International cricket.”
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